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The LANE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 128,727 209 0.048 477
United States (1880 census) 35,395 143 0.071 708
Change since 1880 +93332 -66 -0.023 -231
Other Countries
Australia 7,811 161 0.048 478
United Kingdom 26,207 198 0.057 571
Top States for LANE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 9,102 346 0.027 269
Texas 8,908 263 0.043 427
Florida 8,316 191 0.052 520
Tennessee 6,766 87 0.119 1,189
North Carolina 6,331 131 0.079 787
Top States for LANE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Tennessee 6,766 87 0.119 1,189
Maine 1,390 115 0.109 1,090
North Carolina 6,331 131 0.079 787
Delaware 608 155 0.078 776
South Carolina 2,905 180 0.072 724


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called LANE live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called LANE represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called LANE in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a LANE by picking someone at random in Tennessee than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of LANE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the LANE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the LANE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of LANE in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 644 0.5
White (Caucasian) 102,158 79.36
Black/African American 20,880 16.22
Mixed Race 1,957 1.52
Native American/Alaskan 1,094 0.85
White (Hispanic) 1,982 1.54

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the LANE surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of LANE in historical publications

Old Gaelic, Llane, a plain; barren, sandy, level lands. Lane, a narrow way between hedges, a narrow street, an alley. "John of the Lane."

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

LANE. "In the Lane" and "By the Lane," as well as "InLana," "AdLanam," " De la Lane," occur in medieval documents, and the name might therefore be reasonably considered as derived from residence in such a situation; but the Lanes of King'sBromley, according to B.L.G., claim a Norman oi-igiual from a Sir Eeginald de Lone, who flourished in the XII. cent.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to LANE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as LANE.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for LANE

The following words are slight variants of LANE that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.